March 23rd 2015.
The True Antidote for Greed is Contentment
In Howard C. Cutler’s “Inner Contentment,” which was published in the “Art of Happiness” in 1998, -an American writer and psychiatrist- write about his argument with the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on human’s desire for material acquisition. In the conversation, Cutler asks Dalai Lama to speak on desire and the Dalai starts by segregating desire into two terms, the positive and negative desire. The former is the reasonable desire that does not comes with trouble and is right for the surrounding circumstances while the latter is the unreasonable desire that tends to cause decline in our mutual affection for our society and our bank accounts or that which causes problems in our surrounding society. This segregation of desire sparked the argument between the Dalai and Cutler. Cutler’s stand being that acquisition of materials based on self-satisfaction for such items as long as one can afford it is a good desire, while the Dalai position on desire is that self-satisfaction alone is not enough to determine if a desire is positive or negative. A good amount of people view the term “materialism” as a shoddy behavior in humans, but it seems only natural that happiness should flow from having more money. Even if they do not admit it, these same people still behave as though it were true. More money means you can have what you want and do what you want. The house you dream of? It is yours. The new car you desire? Here are the keys. Why should money bring the feeling of self-satisfaction? If we should view life as a movie, we notice the sole purpose of our life is to get an education as we get older so that we can be able to get a job and make a living by earning enough money. So there it is the answer to those questions. Basically, what we tend to do in our whole life time is to earn money to survive to our taste of satisfaction. I do understand that some...
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